The World in a Flash
This week’s Round-Up covers the developments with PEGIDA, Canadian politics, Republican Party unity attempts and much more!
The founder of PEGIDA, Lutz Bachmann, who has previously called refugees scum and cattle has been forced to flee to Germany to avoid persecution. PEGIDA, which stands for Patriotic Europeans against Islamisation of the West has regularly held anti-immigration marches, and their rallies have drawn in tens of thousands. After a picture of Bachmann dressed as Hitler came out in 2015 (as a ‘joke’ he claimed), Bachmann had to step down as leader. PEGIDA has been gaining support as Germany continues to deal with the migrant crisis. Bachmann said he had to flee because there were numerous break-in attempts at his home and his car was blown up. Bachmann is currently on the Spanish island of Tenerife.
Tech giant announced that it was hit by a large scale hack in 2014. The company has only announced the details of the attack this past week. Yahoo says that a state-sponsored hack has caused the breach of information for over 500 million users. Stolen information can include stolen information may include names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and, in some cases, un-encrypted security questions and answers according to Yahoo!. This comes at a particularly terrible time for the company, as it is planned that the company will be sold to Verizon Communications Inc. There are many questions for Yahoo! now, most prominently why wasn’t this information made public for users to take additional steps to protect themselves.
There is mounting pressure on Ted Cruz again to put his support behind Donald Trump. This isn’t unfamiliar territory for the former presidential candidate, and it will be interesting to see whether he folds this time. The Republicans have had a much harder time trying to unify the party after the bitter primaries this election, but with a potential Clinton victory, many of Cruz’s supporters are saying it’s time. This situation puts Cruz in a bind, where if he does support Trump it will be viewed as an opportunistic move that would compromise his ideals and integrity.
The US Treasury Department has designated a Vancouver company PacNet as a significant transnational criminal organisation as part of a crackdown on mail fraud. The Treasury Department claims the payment processor obscures the nature of mail order fraud and prevents detection by acting as a kind of middleman between victims and the people preying on them. Some of the activities that this organisation acts as middle-man for are those that involve cons that target the elderly. PacNet has denied these claims, saying that it has done everything to prevent fraud, and these illicit uses of its services are isolated was unknown to the company.
Trudeau at the UN
PM Trudeau is continuing on his mission to rebrand Canada to the world. This week, the PM spoke at the UN General Assembly. He also used this opportunity to push for a seat at the UN Security Council since the country lost it six years ago. Trudeau pushed a message of unity, inclusion and diversity. The PM also said that Canada is will to do its part to help in the security and stability in the international sphere. The most ringing statement of Trudeau’s speech is “We’re Canadian and we’re to help.”